Game resources separate from the software (code) and hardware (platform). The most common assets are graphics and audio.

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Where can I find free sprites and images? [closed]

I need sprites and images, such as characters, landscapes and others. Where can I find them?
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Where can I find free music for my game? [closed]

I'm in need of some tunes for my game. Where can I procure some, preferably for free?
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Good resources for learning modern OpenGL (3.0 or later)? [closed]

I stumble upon the search of a good resource to start with OpenGL (3.0 or later) . Well, I found a lot of books but none of them can be considered a good resource! Here two examples: OpenGL ...
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What are good sites that provide free media resources for hobby game development? [closed]

(Note : This question is being transfered from stackoverflow to gamedev.stackexchange where it belongs) I really suck at graphics / music / 3D modeling / animation and it's a must-have when you have ...
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How to make prefabs independent?

I'm working on a Unity's Project and I want to modify a prefab, more precisely I want to change the texture of a prefab. The problem is that my modification is applied also to other prefabs. I read on ...
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How can you put all images from a game to 1 file?

I've just finished a basic RPG game written in C++ SFML, I've put a lot of effort into the game and I'd want to distribute it, however I've ran into a small issue. Problem is, I have well over 200 ...
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Game development Blogs [closed]

What are good game development/design blogs to follow? Please one blog per answer (make sure to provide a link) and give a brief summary as to the content of the blog posts. If you can, pick a ...
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Assets Management, database or versioning system?

While developing the assets for the game, (meshes, textures, sounds, videos) ho do you manage them? Keeping them together with the source code inside the versioning system? (perforce, git, etc…) Or ...
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Free ebooks about game development [closed]

Are there good free ebooks on game development? I don't care if they are theoretical or technology specific, I want to start reading one free book that worth it.
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Tools for creating assets? [closed]

There are similar questions about finding existing resources that are free for use (free sprites/images, music, sound), but I'm interested in creating the resources myself. What tools do you use for ...
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Where can I find fonts for my game? [closed]

Where can I find fonts (preferably free, but a reasonable fee is acceptable) that I can use in my for-pay/commericial game?
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Where can I find fonts which I can distribute with an open source game?

I want to be able to release my game as open source, and I need to be able to distribute font files with my game. Where can I find fonts which I can use in this way, and what font licenses should I be ...
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Cross-Platform Audio API Suggestions

I'm currently looking into adding sound to my game. I have seen OpenAL and SDL, but I would like to know what else is out there. Can you recommend any good cross-platform Audio APIs for game ...
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As an indie game developer, how can I have (quality) music/sound done? [closed]

Besides the story itself, a game needs code, graphics and music/sound effect. I can program and I knew a few graphics designers in the web app era. However, I don't know whether to find music and ...
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Resource Managers - Are they any good?

I've seen many a time in source code, things like this [well, this is more of a pseudo C++ idea of mine] typedef shared_ptr<Resource> ResourcePtr;// for ease ResourcePtr sound1 = ...
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How to design an AssetManager?

What is the best approach to designing an AssestManager that will hold references to graphics, sounds, etc. of a game? Should these assets be stored in a key/value Map pair? I.e. I ask for ...
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Where can I find a free dictionary of words? [closed]

Hi I'm writing a game where the player has to connect a group of letters to form words. Something like bookworm but it will be very different I hope. The point of the question is that I need to ...
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What all should be happening during the “Loading” screen?

Do I just need to be creating instances of all of my graphics into memory that are loaded from file? What is the best way to handle this? Do I just need some sort of assets manager that creates ...
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Java getResourceAsStream as local resource

Before using LWJGL, I used the Graphic method, and there I displayed imageicons, and I had the picture file located in the resources. I used: ImageIcon tcard = new ...
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Multi-threaded game (engine) design resources?

What are the best resources on multi-threaded game or game engine design and development? As this is obviously where computers are headed, I intend to study this topic and I'd like to know what ...
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Useful resources for beginning AI

What resources are available, including both free articles/ebooks and physical books and things, for game developers looking to begin simple AI programming/design? Note: I know of this question, but ...
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Where to find designers for independent projects? [closed]

Let's say I'm a programmer, I know some artists, we've got a game engine and fun prototype done, and we're ready to enter the indie equivalent of "production". But the game is full of "programmer ...
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Why use asset manifest files?

Sometimes you'll see people recommend that rather than using graphics/sound files/etc. like this... // Game code Image myImage = new Image("path/to/image.png"); ... you should use a manifest file ...
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What research areas exist in game programming? [closed]

I'm currently in a group that researches network optimizations and various distributed applications, I'm much more interested in games but more from a research side.Is there a resource that focuses on ...
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Can I include a public domain book in my game?

Just for fun, I want to include a bookshelf in my game with a real book (or few) that you can actually read. Would I run into any legal trouble if I included an out of print book in the public ...
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What is the state of the art at shipping game graphics such as lots of small BMP files?

We have lots of small BMP files which I think would be easier to copy if we had them combined in a big TAR/ZIP/whatever. What is the state of the art at shipping game graphics? We are using C# and ...
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How do you pack resources in a game when you have too many of them?

I've recently made a basic space invaders clone in C++ using the Allegro 5 framework. It took me a long time, but after I finished, I realized I had about 10 sprites, and 13MB worth of DLLs (Some of ...
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How to become a Game Artist?

If I understand correctly, there are two major kinds of artists involved in game development - 2D and 3D. I think I somewhat understand, that if I want to go 3D, I should learn some 3D modeling ...
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stock/free artwork & graphic assets [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sprites and images? Open-source 3D models easily usable in OGRE3D/jMonkeyEngine Are there any sites that offer quality graphical assets to use in ...
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Avoid double compression of resources

I am using .pngs for my textures and am using a virtual file system in a .zip file for my game project. This means my textures are compressed and decompressed twice. What are the solutions to this ...
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Help streaming resources (maps, sounds, music, etc) from many files for contiguous world

So I'm creating a game and I would like to know how to perform resource streaming (rather than loading the whole file into the buffer) for things such as my maps, sounds, music, etc. I'm using C++ and ...
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Determining the location of installed/on disk game assets

I've been thinking a lot about the best way to store and load assets in your filesystem. By this I mean where in the file system to store them, and how to retrieve them when loading etc., as opposed ...
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How should I handle missing resources?

Your game expects a certain asset to be loaded, but it isn't found. How should the situation be handled? For example: Texture* grassTexture = LoadTexture("Grass.png"); // returns NULL; texture not ...
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How were art assets created in the late 16-bit/early 32-bit era?

How were 2d and 3d art assets typically created in the early-to-mid 1990's (16-bit and 32-bit eras?)
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Demo (and real game) Protection

In a few months I plan to start showing off the (hopefully commercial) game I'm working on to the public (internet). The thing is, besides screenshots and a trailer (of say feature functionality), how ...
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How do I load chunks of data from an assest manager during a loading screen?

I'm developing an Android game. Basically I want to pre-load all graphics/sounds when the app is first loaded. But I also would like to show a progress bar as this is happening. Here is a snippet ...
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Where do I store (or how do I refer to) textures for custom blocks?

I'm making my first foray into Minecraft modding on Ubuntu using Minecraft Forge. I'm finding it a little hard to get started as many of the tutorials seem to refer to older versions of Minecraft ...
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How do you clean up textures that are too photo-realistic to match the rest of your game assets?

I was browsing for textures online and notice most of it are too photo-realistic and many of them is just photo of real thing. I'm sure there some "cleanup" process for this type of texture using ...
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Should my assets match my reference resolution?

I'm confused over supporting multiple resolutions in my 2D game. I'm currently working with a reference resolution of 1280x720. That means that all elements are positioned in a 1280x720 coordinate ...
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How do I determine if I'm allowed to use an asset from the web in my game?

I need to incorporate other people's work into my game project. I must admit (with a little embarassment) that I am almost completely ignorant about copyright. I only have a vague idea of what it is, ...
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The right way to start out in game development/design [closed]

Greetings everyone I'm a 19 year old student looking for some help in the field of game development. This question may or may not seem a bit overused, but the fact is that game development has been ...
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Questions about dynamic loading and unloading of assets and game state

I've wondered about this for a while as I worked on my project, but couldn't quite come up with the best way to expose my problem. I'll start with some context. Context I have a game that is divided ...
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Where can I find free to use assets for rapid prototyping? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate Where can I find free sprites and images? Where can I find some nice resources to build decent looking prototypes to entice potential teammates? Thank you.